Bob Howard Acura invites you to find out why your Acura oil light is on.
When the oil light illuminates in your dash, it can be nerve-wracking. Engines need oil, and a lack of oil can have catastrophic consequences. Before you get too alarmed, ascertain which light is illuminated, do a few simple checks to see why it is on, and then decide your next steps. However, if the light comes on and you hear a ticking sound, then you should pull over as soon as you can. A ticking engine combined with the oil light could mean that it is likely damaging itself, and continuing to drive it in this condition could ruin your engine.
Making sure it’s not just a scheduled maintenance reminder is your first step to understanding the oil light. Depending on your car, the maintenance reminder could have the same warning light and sounds. If you are past due on your last oil change, it may even say ‘Change Oil Now.’ It’s not quite as bad as the oil light but ought to be corrected, so let us handle that to avoid any further problems.
If the engine is low on oil, that can trigger the oil warning light. Some causes of leaking oil are:
Even if you don’t work on cars, you can pop the hood and look for signs of leaks. The engine will likely be covered in dirt, but you can spot a probable oil leak if you see wet, oily spots around the engine. Adding the missing oil between oil changes can be a band-aid fix, but it could still eventually lead to low oil pressure if it’s not fixed and lead to damage.
Low oil pressure means not all internal components of the engine may not be lubricated correctly. An engine that’s not properly lubricated will get damaged and eventually cause complete failure. If the engine has the correct amount of oil, then the oil warning light could be from a sensor, the oil pump, or even just low oil pressure. Your car should get checked out by our technicians in these circumstances. As mentioned earlier, running an engine on low oil pressure can cause total engine failure.
Bob Howard Acura is one of the best places to get an oil change in the Oklahoma City area. We proudly service all makes and models of vehicles. Visit our location online or in person to schedule service and repair for your car or truck. Our friendly technicians are ready to serve you.